Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Un-veiling equality: disciplining the other woman through human rights discourse
Authors: Kapur, Ratna
Keywords: Human Rights
Gender Equality
Muslim Women
Cultural Relativism
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New York
Citation: Kapur, Ratna. (2012). Un-veiling equality: disciplining the other woman through human rights discourse. In Mark Ellis and Anver Emon (Eds.). Islam and international law: searching for common ground. New York, Oxford University Press: pp, 265-290
Abstract: This chapter examines the faith that continues to inform human rights scholarship and advocacy in relation to gender equality. It argues that such faith obscures the gender and cultural assumptions on which the right to gender equality is based. The chapter is organized as follows. The first section examines the different approaches to equality and gender that have evolved in law and the meaning of equality that has informed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The second section looks at the limits of the different models of equality, focusing on the gender and cultural essentialism that informs these different models. The third section discusses how the complex and contradictory relations between gender, equality, and human rights play out in the context of Muslim women's rights in India and the Hindu Right's discourse on gender equality. The final section asks if it is possible to articulate Muslim women's rights to equality in human rights law without either reinforcing gender and cultural stereotypes or falling back into well worn and unhelpful binaries of us and them, here and there, universality and cultural relativism.
ISBN: 9780199641444
Appears in Collections:JGU Research Publications

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Un-veiling equality.pdfpdf10.42 MBAdobe PDFView/Open    Request a copy

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.